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Kris Faafoi said : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this has been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," "While it's too early to know the full cost of the damage, this initial contribution will help those communities start to get back on their feet" External link

newshub Monday, June 21, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this has been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured,” “I know this been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged” External link

Stuff Sunday, June 20, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured,” “I know this been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged” External link

Stuff Sunday, June 20, 2021 6:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," External link

newstalkzb Sunday, June 20, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This funding is in addition to other support that people may be eligible for through the Ministry of Social Development," External link

newstalkzb Sunday, June 20, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this has been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi adds : "This funding is in addition to other support that people may be eligible for through the Ministry of Social Development," External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "I'd like to recognise the extraordinary efforts of emergency management staff, first responders, volunteers, businesses, community leaders and residents who have also provided support," "There is still a recovery effort ahead for this impacted community. They should know the Government will be standing alongside them" External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey refugees around the world undertake to find safe new lives here. And it’s a chance for us to look at what we can do to make sure they settle into their new lives in New Zealand well,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, June 20, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Adoption Act has not been substantially updated since it was enacted in 1955," External link

newshub Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect the values and needs of contemporary New Zealand," External link

voxy Friday, June 18, 2021 1:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This court builds on the two pilots to create what we hope will be a robust and effective source of rehabilitation and recovery for those whose substance abuse is leading to crime,” External link

Stuff Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The AODT Court provides a pathway which includes intensive monitoring, case management, drug testing, and mentoring,” External link

Stuff Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "These changes will provide more certainty to workers and their employers that workers whose skills are still needed can remain in New Zealand, subject to labor market testing to prove there are no New Zealanders available to fill the role if an employer wants to support a work visa application," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It will also put the minds of visa holders at ease knowing they can stay and work in New Zealand for the foreseeable future,” “We will continue to monitor the border and labour market situations and will extend these visas again if necessary” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “These changes will provide more certainty to workers and their employers that workers whose skills are still needed can remain in New Zealand, subject to labour market testing to prove there are no New Zealanders available to fill the role if an employer wants to support a work visa application,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We encourage sectors and employers to think about how to make this shift and look for ways to recruit New Zealanders before turning to temporary migrant workers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We encourage sectors and employers to think about how to make this shift and look for ways to recruit New Zealanders before turning to temporary migrant workers," "The Government recently outlined our long-term vision for New Zealand's immigration system which will involve sectors making a managed transition to new ways of attracting, training and upskilling Kiwis into jobs and investing in productivity measures that will support New Zealand's COVID-19 recovery" External link

newshub Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:35:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “the continuation of core immigration services,” “The overall picture is we have got a job on our hands making sure we can get back to being sustainable here,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The offer has been there since 2013. It is still open, but there are still details that need to be worked through and bottom lines in that," External link

nzherald Monday, June 7, 2021 5:41:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Any refugees considered for resettlement in New Zealand would undergo the same comprehensive assessment and screening that New Zealand applies to all refugees who are accepted under New Zealand’s refugee quota program,” External link

guardian Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:18:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The offer has been there since 2013. It is still open, but there are still details that need to be worked through and bottom lines in that," External link

nzherald Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

theepochtimes Monday, May 31, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet," External link

tribune Monday, May 31, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

euronews-en Monday, May 31, 2021 11:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 31, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet" External link

msn-uk Monday, May 31, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet" External link

piratefm Monday, May 31, 2021 6:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet" External link

skynews Monday, May 31, 2021 6:31:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

guardian Monday, May 31, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet," External link

voanews Monday, May 31, 2021 3:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

wsau Monday, May 31, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The rain is going to stick around until at least tomorrow. It will be heavy and the authorities will be watching those river levels tonight,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, May 30, 2021 2:48:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The rain is going to stick around until at least tomorrow. It will be heavy and the authorities will be watching those river levels tonight," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:18:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The rain is going to stick around until at least tomorrow. It will be heavy and the authorities will be watching those river levels tonight," External link

afp-en Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Tonight is about acknowledging and celebrating those who have made a vital contribution to Civil Defence Emergency Management in New Zealand," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Former Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black is being recognised with a Ministerial Award for helping steer the country through some incredibly traumatic times," "Sarah played a leading role in the 2016 KaikÅura/Hurunui earthquake, 2017 Edgecumbe floods, 2019 Christchurch Mosque shooting, 2019 Whakaari White Island eruption, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic" External link

voxy Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi saying : "We believe current law gives courts appropriate options, and allows for such acts to be appropriately prosecuted and punished" External link

newshub Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:02:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi saying : "We believe current law gives courts appropriate options, and allows for such acts to be appropriately prosecuted and punished" External link

newshub Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:11:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have made clear to sector representatives that, under current Covid constraints, even with quarantine-free travel with Australia, it is still unlikely that we will be able to bring in the sort of RSE worker numbers next season that were able to come here pre-Covid-19," External link

nzherald Friday, May 14, 2021 6:28:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi told : "There are delays, certainly with the skilled migrant category," External link

newshub Friday, May 14, 2021 1:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi told : "It's difficult under the current climate because of the border closures to give absolute certainty to these people," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "One of the reasons is that the demand for the visas has increased well above what we forecast," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We're finding that gang leadership are structuring their affairs to remove themselves from the crime, but benefiting from the crime,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:10:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We’re hitting gangs where it hurts – their pockets. This new organised crime power will help prevent those involved in organised crime from benefitting from crime and remove the primary reason for organised crime to exist – the profits they can make from vulnerable New Zealanders,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “These reforms signal that those who choose to be associated with groups actively undertaking criminal activities in our communities are liable to have their property subject to investigation by the Commissioner of Police and risk wider asset forfeiture,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages,” “Today, the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2021 has been passed by Parliament to maintain those powers until 2023” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The extension to 2023 ensures our immigration system can continue to be responsive and flexible over the next few years. The law change keeps in place existing safeguards. The powers can only be used for COVID-19 related matters and generally must benefit – or at a minimum, not disadvantage – visa holders ,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : “This is an important milestone in our wider work on improving our counter-terrorism settings and responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:31:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : “The Productivity Commission inquiry is a chance to take a longer term look at the immigration system. We will also be making changes to our immigration settings this year, as we prepare for the opening of our borders and continue to tilt the balance away from low-skilled work, by attracting high-skilled migrants and meeting genuine skills shortages,” “I expect to announce the direction of more immediate changes in the coming weeks” External link

Stuff Monday, May 3, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : “The Productivity Commission inquiry is a chance to take a longer term look at the immigration system. We will also be making changes to our immigration settings this year, as we prepare for the opening of our borders and continue to tilt the balance away from low-skilled work, by attracting high-skilled migrants and meeting genuine skills shortages,” “I expect to announce the direction of more immediate changes in the coming weeks” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 3, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are in the midst of a global pandemic, which requires strict border restrictions. But we have been mindful of the difficulties migrant workers and families have faced,” “None of these decisions are easy” External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:20:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are in the midst of a global pandemic, which requires strict border restrictions. But we have been mindful of the difficulties migrant workers and families have faced,” External link

Stuff Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While we can never predict when an earthquake will happen, we have known for some time that the Alpine Fault is capable of generating a severe earthquake and our emergency response and management system has been developed on this basis," External link

voxy Monday, April 19, 2021 11:20:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "As I’ve said while we can’t predict when an earthquake will happen, but we can all take steps to keep safe," External link

voxy Monday, April 19, 2021 11:20:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We absolutely acknowledge that there will be still some people having to live in difficult situations because of the border closures," External link

nzherald Monday, April 19, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We absolutely acknowledge that there will be still some people having to live in difficult situations because of the border closures," External link

nzherald Monday, April 19, 2021 6:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Closing our border was critical to keeping COVID-19 out ... it was to protect lives," External link

bordermail Monday, April 19, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "These latest exceptions are expected to allow hundreds more migrants to come to New Zealand and join their families," External link

voxy Monday, April 19, 2021 3:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "In the past year, we have introduced exceptions that have allowed entry for around 13,000 family members of New Zealand citizens and residents and 1300 temporary work visa holders, and their families, who normally live here and were overseas when the borders closed," "More than 2,500 family members of critical workers have also entered to date" External link

nzherald Monday, April 19, 2021 2:10:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We are in the midst of a global pandemic, which requires strict border restrictions. But we have been mindful of the difficulties migrant workers and families have faced," External link

newshub Monday, April 19, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "If they believe a situation is close to preparation in close to becoming an attempt or an act, then they need the ability to act," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:09:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before," "The attack also mirrored how the nature of terrorism has been changing internationally, involving lone actors rather than organised terrorist groups. We need to ensure our laws can respond to that" External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The attack also mirrored how the nature of terrorism has been changing internationally, involving lone actors rather than organised terrorist groups. We need to ensure our laws can respond to that," External link

voxy Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:19:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:06:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We also made changes to Working Holiday Visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employer scheme visas to allow flexibility for workers to help with this summer’s harvests,” External link

Stuff Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Agencies are satisfied further investigations around employment and immigration breaches can be carried out without the need for the men to remain in New Zealand," External link

nzherald Friday, April 2, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages in a time when New Zealand’s Covid-19 health response needed our borders to be closed," External link

voxy Thursday, April 1, 2021 3:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case . . . which will look at how a potential new public media entity could meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Sector representatives recognise that and say the focus now needs to be about what can be done for future workforce needs for next spring and summer,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi confirmed : “A new public media entity would operate with a mixed funding model, drawing part of its revenue from commercial sources, and part from government funding,” “It would provide content across a variety of platforms and have full editorial and operational independence from Government, enshrined in legislation,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:16:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "RNZ and TVNZ are high-performing entities that have served New Zealanders well. They provide a strong basis on which to build for the future," External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector" External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of a new public media entity. The business case will look at how a potential new public media entity could meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Members of the Governance Group bring a wide range of expertise to their roles. They were chosen for their expertise in public broadcasting, private media, the Māori media sector, government policy, public engagement, change management and business case processes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “They will seek feedback on what should be included in a Charter for the new entity so that it meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders in the 21st century and beyond,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This is a unique opportunity and the right time to make decisions about the whole public media system ,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of a new public media entity. The business case will look at how a potential new public media entity could meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector," External link

voxy Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "They will seek feedback on what should be included in a Charter for the new entity so that it meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders in the 21st century and beyond," External link

voxy Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi confirmed : “A new public media entity would operate with a mixed funding model, drawing part of its revenue from commercial sources, and part from government funding,” “It would provide content across a variety of platforms and have full editorial and operational independence from Government, enshrined in legislation,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Public media makes an essential contribution to the overall media mix," External link

newshub Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "They will seek feedback on what should be included in a Charter for the new entity so that it meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders in the 21st century and beyond," External link

newshub Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “I believe that continuing to progress the recommendations of the Independent Panel, which examined the 2014 Family Court reforms, will address the issues underlying this CEDAW recommendation,” External link

Stuff Friday, March 26, 2021 6:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “What I was told is when the centre was set up, [before] our time in government, those concerns were flagged and processes were put in place to mitigate concerns at the time,” External link

Stuff Friday, March 19, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi replied : "While the member might like to focus on a small amount of entertainers I'd also note that the hotels, the bars and restaurants that would benefit from that particular production happening are desperately calling out for this kind of business," External link

newshub Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We made the March 31 deadline when we closed the border, and it was made so we could review it,” External link

Stuff Monday, March 15, 2021 6:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "As we have said before, in terms of the harms being done, we're going to be taking a health approach now," "If you're going to ask the question again about whether we're going to reconsider given the results of the poll, no we're not. If someone wants to bring it up as a Members' Bill, that's their own issue" External link

newshub Tuesday, March 9, 2021 5:01:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s an interesting poll, but it’s not on the work programme, we said that we’d honour the referendum at the last election and that’s what we will do,” “I see it is a very clear commitment that we made to honour the referendum” External link

Stuff Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:52:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : ”I am confident the commercial discussions taking place between traditional media and digital platforms will also begin here in New Zealand and I encourage that,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 3, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "I think everyone's going to default to numbers first, but for us it is about the kind of economy that we might have in the future, the kinds of jobs that we want New Zealanders to have ... the kind of training we want to have available," External link

nzherald Friday, February 26, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "ability to bring more in is really controlled by what we're able to do with the UN [United Nations] and getting people through their system, and the capacity to get more people through managed isolation" "And we've got to be mindful of New Zealanders and the capacity at MIQ as well" External link

nzherald Friday, February 26, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "I think everyone's going to default to numbers first, but for us it is about the kind of economy that we might have in the future, the kinds of jobs that we want New Zealanders to have ... the kind of training we want to have available," External link

Stuff Friday, February 26, 2021 1:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "There is no perfect situation when the border is closed. They are in a difficult situation," "We are getting advice on that" External link

newshub Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "If we have the capacity to deal with it then we might look at it," External link

newshub Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We are not in the business of giving people false hope. We are looking at it and we have to manage the border to keep everyone safe," External link

newshub Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "A review of the skilled migrant category is one of my priorities for this term," External link

newshub Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and with the aim of having a ban passed into law by the end of this year, or by February 2022 - at the latest," External link

newshub Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Where people are here on visitor visas which expire on or before 31 March 2021, the Government will allow their visitor visas to be automatically extended by two months. During that two month extension, which will be applied from the date of expiry on their current visa, they will need to apply for a new visa to stay longer," External link

newshub Friday, February 19, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Most visa holders currently in New Zealand will have been here for more than nine months by now, which would have excluded them from applying for another visitor visa," "Waiving this nine months of 18 rule means that visa holders who are still here can apply for a further six-month visa" External link

nzherald Friday, February 19, 2021 2:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government recognises that some visitor visa holders are keen to stay in New Zealand longer while the Covid-19 pandemic is still attacking communities in their home countries,” “We have also listened to New Zealand’s business sector, including tourism ventures, which say foreign visitors who are still here can help our local economies” External link

Stuff Friday, February 19, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government recognises that some visitor visa holders are keen to stay in New Zealand longer while the COVID-19 pandemic is still attacking communities in their home countries," External link

voxy Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While we have made these changes to help many visitors facing uncertain and worrying situations back in their home countries because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government wants to make clear that people who are here on visitor visas are here as guests for a limited time. We cannot guarantee further extensions or waivers when these changes expire," External link

voxy Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi warned : "Temporary migrants who are in New Zealand without the means to support themselves, or who become unlawful, are at risk of migrant exploitation or not being able to meet their basic needs. Migrants who stay here after their visas have expired also risk having their unlawful status count against them should they wish to travel to New Zealand or elsewhere in the world in the future," External link

voxy Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Cybercrime is increasing every year. International cooperation on tackling cybercrime is essential, because criminals frequently operate across borders," External link

voxy Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "We cannot allow criminal activity to undermine our ability to thrive online. We need to ensure New Zealand is confident and secure in the digital world, and that we can work with others in tackling threats to online wellbeing," External link

voxy Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Thank you to everyone who took part - we appreciate the feedback and the issues that were raised in the consultation process," "In response to the feedback we received, we have made a number of changes to the policy proposals, and we are looking at ways that MÄori can have an ongoing oversight role in the implementation of and participation in the Budapest Convention" External link

voxy Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “All I would say about that, because this is New Zealand and not Australia, is that we wouldn’t be impressed if that happened here in New Zealand,” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “They haven't threatened anything like that here because we’ve been having a different type of conversation, but we wouldn’t be impressed – New Zealanders who signed up to Facebook wouldn’t be impressed if that was their conduct here,” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We asked MCH [Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage] to do some work and they’ll come back to us at some stage soon, hopefully with some advice on how we will deal with regulatory issues around the media,” “I wouldn't say legislation, I would say we’re looking at the issues around regulatory measures that could be taken” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The fact that we are having platforms having direct conversations, having direct conversations with media outlets is a lot more advanced than we were 12 months ago, is promising,” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “That’s a decision for the Canadian government to make,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:34:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 12, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “COVID-19 and the lockdowns last year highlighted the important role our media plays in providing up-to-date, independent and trusted information to the public. We want to ensure that kind of coverage, is supported and developed across all community levels, where media operations have often cutback resources to reduce their costs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 12, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Through the considerable work to date, and with expert contributions from the media sector over coming weeks, this support will ensure New Zealanders continue to have access to a range of trusted information that they need in order to stay safe and to play an informed role in our communities,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 12, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more,” External link

Stuff Friday, February 12, 2021 4:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more," External link

voxy Friday, February 12, 2021 3:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "COVID-19 and the lockdowns last year highlighted the important role our media plays in providing up-to-dated, independent and trusted information to the public. We want to ensure that kind of coverage, is supported and developed across all community levels, where media operations have often cutback resources to reduce their costs," External link

voxy Friday, February 12, 2021 3:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more," External link

newshub Friday, February 12, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "COVID-19 and the lockdowns last year highlighted the important role our media plays in providing up-to-dated, independent and trusted information to the public," "We want to ensure that kind of coverage is supported and developed across all community levels, where media operations have often cutback resources to reduce their costs" External link

newshub Friday, February 12, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government expects that, and New Zealanders do too," External link

newshub Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government expects that, and New Zealanders do too," External link

newshub Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It's obviously not ideal for people to be in emergency housing or transitional housing - but certainly pre and post-COVID, making sure people have got a roof over their head is what we've tried to make sure is there for them," External link

newshub Tuesday, February 2, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The ship should have waited for decisions on visas to be completed to ensure those on board complied with New Zealand immigration requirements when the ship entered our border," External link

nzherald Friday, January 29, 2021 8:12:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That was made clear to the ship's agents at least twice," "I understand that INZ [Immigration New Zealand] received a request for border exceptions for 90 foreign crew members on board the vessel 48 hours before it began its journey to New Zealand. INZ granted visas to 29 of the crew who were considered essential for the operation of the ship to travel to New Zealand for the purpose of delivering it to a business and for refit or refurbishment. Immigration declined visas for the other 61 crew who were not considered essential for the purpose of the ship's travel here," External link

newstalkzb Friday, January 29, 2021 7:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The ship should have waited for decisions on visas to be completed to ensure those on board complied with New Zealand immigration requirements when the ship entered our border," External link

newshub Friday, January 29, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The border is closed for a very good reason," External link

newshub Friday, January 29, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That was made clear to the ship's agents at least twice," "I understand that INZ [Immigration New Zealand] received a request for border exceptions for 90 foreign crew members on board the vessel 48 hours before it began its journey to New Zealand. INZ granted visas to 29 of the crew who were considered essential for the operation of the ship to travel to New Zealand for the purpose of delivering it to a business and for refit or refurbishment. Immigration declined visas for the other 61 crew who were not considered essential for the purpose of the ship's travel here," External link

nzherald Friday, January 29, 2021 4:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This latest report shows that between 2009/10 and 2019/20, offending rates among children aged 10 to 13 dropped by 63 percent. Over the same period, offending rates among young people aged 14 to 16 dropped by 65 percent," "Significantly, the Youth Court appearance rate nearly halved (decreased by 47 percent) between 2016/17 and 2019/20 for Māori, compared with a 27 percent reduction for European/Other" External link

voxy Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "These reports help those involved in the youth justice system better understand the issues and trends that arise. These latest results are encouraging and show the youth justice system has performed well over the last 10 years," External link

voxy Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The information in these reports contributes to discussion and action around how best to hold young offenders to account, while also recognising their needs and vulnerability so that positive differences can be made in their lives," External link

voxy Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "With the labour market outlook being more optimistic, we are implementing a range of changes to ensure the migrant workforce already in New Zealand can supplement employers' efforts to recruit New Zealanders who have lost jobs due to COVID," External link

newshub Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "With the labour market outlook being more optimistic, we are implementing a range of changes to ensure the migrant workforce already in New Zealand can supplement employers' efforts to recruit New Zealanders who have lost jobs due to covid," External link

nzherald Sunday, December 20, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Our economy is bouncing back better than expected, and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries,” External link

Stuff Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our economy is bouncing back better than expected and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries," External link

voxy Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We will continue to watch closely how the labour market develops and whether further extensions are needed," External link

voxy Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While these changes will allow employers to retain their existing migrant workforce, they will still need to prove that no New Zealanders are available before hiring new employees,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Our economy is bouncing back better than expected and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We will continue to watch closely how the labour market develops and whether further extensions are needed,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "some restrictions on irresponsible alcohol promotions and activities" External link

newshub Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have heard a little bit of that from the likes of Queenstown. Some of the hospitality sector is finding it difficult because those who may have been coming to the end of a working holiday visa all of a sudden can get that extended to go and work and pick fruit or do some pruning, so that is another challenge," "Again, because we're in a COVID world, we have to respond to those things. We're looking at those settings all the time because in one place you can solve a problem, but then another problem pops up somewhere else. We're constantly working on those issues with the likes of the visa settings as well" External link

newshub Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I acknowledge the deep hurt and pain for those whose loved ones lost their lives on March 15 2019, for those injured, and for their families and communities," External link

voxy Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That has been a bit of a challenge, but that is why we are doing things to try and assist and get that over the line, for not just their growers, but also the people that might be able to pick the fruit for the harvest," External link

rnzi Monday, November 30, 2020 2:06:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "And to streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications," External link

newstalkzb Friday, November 27, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This border exception, along with changes allowing around 6,000 RSE workers and up to 13,300 Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) visa holders to remain in New Zealand and work in orchards, market gardens and vineyards, offers a range of help to address labour shortages in the horticulture and wine industries," External link

voxy Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:45:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have also made changes to allow visitor, student and work visa holders currently in New Zealand to apply for Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visas if they have a job offer from an eligible employer or if the job is on the Ministry of Social Development list. And to streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications," External link

voxy Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:45:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “I take my hat off to them, I think we’ve got quite a good balance,” External link

Stuff Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “To streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications,” External link

Stuff Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "And to streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications," External link

nzherald Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : "I take note of the Law Commission’s point that it is 25 years since the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act came into force in New Zealand. Developments in technology and scientific advancement over that time have increased considerably the potential ways DNA can be used, which couldn’t have been contemplated when legislation was first passed in 1995," "The Government will now consider the report’s 193 recommendations and I look forward to studying them in more detail" External link

voxy Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "On behalf of Government, I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngongotahā community and local leaders to deliver this trial," "Their support and leadership will provide important help for the Government to decide if a card could be rolled out as an additional contact tracing option to benefit all of Aotearoa/New Zealand" External link

newstalkzb Thursday, October 29, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngonotaha community and local leaders to deliver this trial," External link

Stuff Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "On behalf of Government, I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngongotahā community and local leaders to deliver this trial," "Their support and leadership of this trial will provide important help for the Government to decide if a card could be rolled out as an additional contact tracing option to benefit all of Aotearoa/New Zealand" External link

nzherald Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngonotaha community and local leaders to deliver this trial," "Their support and leadership will provide important help for the government to decide if a card could be rolled out as an additional contact tracing option for New Zealand" External link

Stuff Thursday, October 29, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The COVID pandemic has highlighted the vital role digital connectivity plays across New Zealand, including for our rural primary producing industries that link to some of New Zealand’s more remote, hard-to-reach places where internet services can be patchy," "During COVID lockdown we all needed to move online, and it is critical that our rural businesses and households have access to fast and reliable internet in order to work, learn and socialise," External link

voxy Saturday, October 10, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Funding suitable spectrum to rural communities which rely on mobile network services, will mean those services can reach greater coverage," External link

voxy Saturday, October 10, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s about targeting regional areas where we need tailored solutions to address a lack of connectivity,” “We know there is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach” External link

Stuff Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This will build on the wider digital programmes we have rolled out in government and expands on the $50 million Crown Infrastructure Partners funding already announced with a priority focus on Te Tai Tokerau, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, top of the South Island and Canterbury," External link

newshub Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s about targeting regional areas where we need tailored solutions to address a lack of connectivity,” “We know there is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach” External link

Stuff Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “ultimately accountability will rest with Cabinet, while presentation of recommendations is likely to be a joint ministerial process” External link

Stuff Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Over the past decade the costs of goods and services have gone up and there is a growing belief that New Zealand is becoming less affordable with Kiwis contrasting costs in Australia versus New Zealand," "Housing also plays a vital role in the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Good housing underpins a range of social, economic and health outcomes and we need to ensure that Kiwis have access to affordable and fairly priced housing and building supplies" External link

newshub Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "There are not enough New Zealanders to fill current needs for livestock veterinarians, especially in isolated areas. Training to be a vet takes years so these vacancies cannot be filled quickly," External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "There are not enough New Zealanders to fill current needs for livestock veterinarians, especially in isolated areas. Training to be a vet takes years so these vacancies cannot be filled quickly," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "In exchange for the border exception, the fishing industry has committed to removing barriers to employing New Zealanders, including reviewing pay structures and business models, and investing significantly in training and education," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "These sectors are among a range of industries performing critical roles in supporting New Zealand's COVID economic recovery and generating vital export earnings. So it's important we support them to keep going while ensuring that where there are job opportunities, New Zealanders are given a fair chance at filling them," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This season we expect more Kiwis, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, will be available to work in these sectors, but it is likely there will be a shortfall of workers as these industries have often relied on migrants for their seasonal peaks," External link

voxy Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Therefore, people in New Zealand with expiring working holiday visas will be able to stay here to fill short-term horticulture and viticulture roles," External link

voxy Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Foreign deep sea fishing crew contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy. The Government accepts that there are few additional Kiwis with the experience to safely work on these ships in the short term. In exchange for the border exception, the fishing industry has committed to removing barriers to employing New Zealanders, including reviewing pay structures and business models, and investing significantly in training and education," External link

voxy Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This will mean, for example, that if an agent recoups $10,000 in a cash refund on cancelled travel, the customer gets that money back and the agent will receive $750. If it’s a credit for the $10,000 cancelled travel, the customer gets the credit and the agent receives $500," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Removing that requirement will allow entry, in some limited cases, where, for example, a worker has skills which are obtainable in New Zealand but they have unique experience gained overseas which would bring unique expertise to New Zealand businesses," External link

nzherald Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our borders are closed for a good reason, to keep us safe. As a result of Covid New Zealanders are losing their jobs and we need to do everything we can to find them work too," External link

newshub Saturday, September 12, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about New Zealand Trade ) : "At the same time, we’ll review where further adjustments and improvements can be made to expand eligibility for people who can bring their skills and investment to New Zealand enterprise and help the recovery," External link

voxy Friday, September 11, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “As New Zealand continues on the path to recovery from COVID-19, it is important that we strike the right balance between protecting New Zealand from COVID-19 and ensuring businesses have the critical workers they need to help in our recovery,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, September 11, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “In order to help ensure key critical workers are able to come to New Zealand, we have made some small changes to immigration instructions around the assessment criteria for ‘other critical workers’,” “Currently, an individual must have unique experience and technical or specialist skills that are ‘not obtainable’ in New Zealand. This criterion will change to technical or specialist skills that are not ‘readily obtainable’ in New Zealand. That wording change reflects that, in some fields, there is a very limited pool of experts and significant training would have to be undertaken before the skills were obtainable in New Zealand” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, September 11, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here with the hope and expectation that they would be able to stay longer-term in New Zealand. It is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here ... it is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The government understands the uncertainty that COVID-19 has had on a number of visa holders, particularly individuals overseas who have not been able to travel to New Zealand to activate their new resident visa," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here ... it is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country," External link

bordermail Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The government understands the uncertainty that COVID-19 has had on a number of visa holders, particularly individuals overseas who have not been able to travel to New Zealand to activate their new resident visa," External link

bordermail Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Australian partners, if granted a border exception, will be automatically issued a Critical Purpose Visitor visa to allow them to travel to New Zealand, and they will receive a resident visa on arrival; in line with usual immigration policy for Australians,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "We are now in a position where we can make some adjustments to our immigration settings which will allow a small number of people who, under normal circumstances, would have the right to come to New Zealand to do so now," "They will be required to submit a border exception request and demonstrate that they are in a genuine and stable relationship," External link

newshub Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi announced : "By powers given to me under the Immigration Act, individuals whose travel conditions are about to expire will receive a 12-month extension to travel to New Zealand, and those whose travel conditions have expired on or after February 2, 2020 (when travel restrictions began) will be issued a new visa, also valid for 12 months," External link

newshub Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "If not for border closures forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, they would be living in New Zealand and contributing to our team of five million," External link

nzherald Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government recognises that these individuals have recently met the requirements to be granted residence. If not for border closures forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, they would be living in New Zealand and contributing to our team of five million," External link

voxy Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It has been important to run tight border restrictions to keep COVID-19 contained while also prioritising the return of New Zealanders. But we are now able to start making some adjustments to immigration settings which will allow a small number of people who, under normal circumstances, would have the right to come to New Zealand to know that will still be possible," External link

voxy Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “For example, Australians can normally enter and live in New Zealand without having to apply for a visa. Partners from 61 visa waiver countries would need a visa to live here but could visit without having to hold a visa,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “As more New Zealanders return from overseas, we want to enable them to be reunited with their loved ones here in New Zealand while also ensuring that only genuine partnerships are given that right,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government has had to operate tight border restrictions to prioritise the return of New Zealanders while keeping the COVID-19 virus contained. But we are now in a position where we can make some adjustments to our immigration settings which will allow a small number of people who, under normal circumstances, would have the right to come to New Zealand to do so now,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Australian partners, if granted a border exception, will be automatically issued a Critical Purpose Visitor visa to allow them to travel to New Zealand and they will receive a resident visa on arrival; in line with usual immigration policy for Australians,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are keen to give them certainty and welcome them back to New Zealand,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “In order to manage flows of returnees into Managed Isolation, they will also be expected to use the managed isolation allocation system when it goes live,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “For example, Australians can normally enter and live in New Zealand without having to apply for a visa. Partners from 61 visa waiver countries would need a visa to live here but could visit without having to hold a visa,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “As more New Zealanders return from overseas, we want to enable them to be reunited with their loved ones here in New Zealand while also ensuring that only genuine partnerships are given that right,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government’s been working with the sector to find a way to help agents assist their customers to get back money that they are owed by travel suppliers," "We will provide a consumer travel reimbursement scheme to assist the return of credits to New Zealand consumers via travel agents. The scheme will be funded to a maximum of $47.6 million" External link

newshub Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We want to get that money back for Kiwi customers and into the local economy as quickly as possible. The scheme we are announcing today will help those in the travel industry with financial support to facilitate the recovery of those funds," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This will mean, for example, that if an agent recoups $10,000 in a cash refund on cancelled travel, the customer gets that money back and the agent will receive $750,” “If it’s a credit for the $10,000 cancelled travel, the customer gets the credit and the agent receives $500” External link

Stuff Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:38:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We want to get that money back for Kiwi customers and into the local economy as quickly as possible. The scheme we are announcing today will help those in the travel industry with financial support to facilitate the recovery of those funds," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:06:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We want to get that money back for Kiwi customers and into the local economy as quickly as possible. The scheme we are announcing today will help those in the travel industry with financial support to facilitate the recovery of those funds,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 8, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Judith Collins ) : "Far too many New Zealanders living in cold and damp homes was a legacy we inherited from the last National Government, and it’s a dubious legacy Judith Collins wants to revive," External link

voxy Monday, September 7, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Temporary migrants need to have a valid visa to remain lawfully in New Zealand, otherwise they are required to leave the country. However, we know that international travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have affected many people’s ability to leave New Zealand before their visas expire," External link

voxy Friday, September 4, 2020 6:58:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We're committed to put the card, as proposed, through its paces. We're not going to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer money on something that isn't tested," External link

nzherald Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It's simply not appropriate in 2020 for a person to be required to leave their home without knowing why. Landlords will be able to terminate tenancies for a range of fair and justified reasons, such as anti-social behaviour, or someone who is repeatedly behind on their rent," External link

newshub Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This research will allow us to understand how the cards would work in a real-world scenario, whether they are compatible with our contact tracing systems, and whether the public would accept and use the cards if they were rolled out," External link

newstalkzb Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This research will allow us to understand how the cards would work in a real-world scenario, whether they are compatible with our contact tracing systems, and whether the public would accept and use the cards if they were rolled out," External link

nzherald Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Where it is available, UFB represents the ‘gold standard’ for internet connectivity,” “I was particularly pleased with the performance of the network during the Covid lockdown and the value of the network is clearly recognised by the million households that have taken up a UFB service to date” External link

Stuff Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our rental laws and align them with present-day realities for the around 600,000 households which rent in New Zealand," External link

voxy Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Renters should be able to put down roots in their community and not face the stress of continually having to find a new home," External link

voxy Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "People who live in semi-rural lifestyle areas around towns and cities often experience broadband congestion due to certain technologies not having enough capacity during peak times, which became even more pronounced during the COVID-19 lockdown" External link

voxy Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Where it is available, UFB represents the ‘gold standard’ for internet connectivity," "I was particularly pleased with the performance of the network during the COVID lockdown and the value of the network is clearly recognised by the million households that have taken up a UFB service to date" External link

voxy Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our rental laws and align them with present-day realities for the around 600,000 households which rent in New Zealand,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Renters should be able to put down roots in their community and not face the stress of continually having to find a new home,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “These reforms are just one of a number of initiatives we’ve delivered as part of our comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis we inherited. Other improvements in the rental space that we delivered include banning letting fees and passing the Healthy Homes Standards so that renters can live in warm, dry homes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s simply not appropriate in 2020 for someone to be made to leave their home without knowing why,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This Government has a zero-tolerance approach to family violence. We have listened to submitters and added a provision which enables victims of family violence to end a tenancy with two days’ notice. This means that tenants who are experiencing family violence will be better able to leave tenancies quickly and seek safety," External link

voxy Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We know that a lot of New Zealanders, including tenants, are facing financial pressures due to COVID-19. Tenants deserve to have security that their rent will remain the same for one full year at a time, and not face the insecurity of potentially being priced out of their home every six months," External link

voxy Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We obviously feel for those people, but again it's about managing all parts of that," External link

Stuff Monday, August 3, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We are very wary of people who have got visas but have not been able to come into New Zealand, especially those who have got expiry on their visas fast approaching, we have certainly seen an uptick of those applications come in recently," External link

Stuff Monday, August 3, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “That’s a massive increase on previous years and demonstrates the Government’s building programme is delivering more public housing on a scale not seen in decades,” External link

Stuff Friday, July 31, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Completion of the first 10 of 53 new two and five bedroom homes at Castor Crescent will soon have families living in them, providing much needed new public housing for Porirua," External link

voxy Friday, July 31, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That’s a massive increase on previous years and demonstrates the Government’s building programme is delivering more public housing on a scale not seen in decades," External link

voxy Friday, July 31, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This will see around 1,500 older state homes in 30 towns and cities across New Zealand upgraded and renewed over the next two and a half years; making them warmer, drier and healthier for tenants. Work on these homes is expected to start later this year," "When we came into Government we not only pledged to reverse the large-scale sell-off of public housing, we also undertook to improve the quality of public housing available to New Zealanders and their whÄnau through safer, warmer, drier, healthier homes, and this investment in the KÄinga Ora Retrofit Programme honours that pledge" External link

voxy Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This will bring these older homes up to, or above the new build and Homestar 6 standards and will meet the Government’s Healthy Homes Standards,” “It also gives these properties, most of which were built in the 1950s and 1960s, a new lease on life meaning they’ll provide quality public housing for another 50 years” External link

Stuff Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are also investing in additional labour inspectors and immigration investigators to ensure that robust action is taken against exploitative employers and to develop an information and education action plan so migrant workers better understand their rights and how to report exploitation,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi warned : "Several entities are at serious risk of failure in the coming weeks and months," External link

nzherald Friday, June 26, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi warned : "Several entities are at serious risk of failure in the coming weeks and months," External link

nzherald Friday, June 26, 2020 3:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "They will get it for cheaper but that's because we also know that the potential of the 5G technology they want to roll out can also have a big impact on the bounce back of the economy," External link

nzherald Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I think it is fair to say the appetite for that investment has somewhat diminished because they don't have as much capital to invest in rolling out the type of infrastructure they need to for the early allocation of spectrum," External link

nzherald Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “I think they probably hold a lot of the same principles around the Fourth Estate,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Post's revenue has fallen substantially but the costs of delivering the service New Zealanders expect have remained the same. The $150m equity injection, along with the $130m funding for mail services, means we avoid significant cuts to its service and workforce and big price increases for its customers," External link

nzherald Monday, June 22, 2020 3:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "COVID-19 has clearly shown us the importance of being digitally connected, and this new tower in Gebbies Valley means that more people are now able to connect to broadband, bringing social inclusion and allowing people to work and learn from home," External link

voxy Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:03:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "With 100 towers now completed by the Rural Connectivity Group, 8,121 homes and businesses now have access to quality broadband services. As well as this, 343km of state highway now has improved coverage, making our roads safer and easier to access by emergency services. 23 tourism locations are also connected," External link

voxy Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:03:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Predatory lending causes severe financial hardship in communities across New Zealand," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I know many New Zealanders are financially stretched at this time. If you are in financial difficulty, please seek advice before taking out a new loan. You can talk with your lender about alternative repayment arrangements, contact Work and Income for financial assistance, get in touch with Good Shepherd about a no-interest loan, or call the MoneyTalks helpline," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The measures that took effect this week build on those changes to further protect vulnerable borrowers and whanau from predatory lenders," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Predatory lending causes severe financial hardship in communities across New Zealand," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I know many New Zealanders are financially stretched at this time. If you are in financial difficulty, please seek advice before taking out a new loan. You can talk with your lender about alternative repayment arrangements, contact Work and Income for financial assistance, get in touch with Good Shepherd about a no-interest loan, or call the MoneyTalks helpline," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The measures that took effect this week build on those changes to further protect vulnerable borrowers and whanau from predatory lenders," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Predatory lending causes severe financial hardship in communities across New Zealand. The economic impacts of COVID-19 have only exacerbated the need to take a harder line,” External link

Stuff Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Further delays are likely during alert level 2 due to backlogs caused by the lockdown. That’s why Cabinet has agreed to delay the requirement until December 1, 2020,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Ensuring all New Zealanders have warm, dry homes is one of the most important public health changes this Government is making, and the Healthy Homes Standards are making a significant improvement to the quality of rental homes and the wellbeing of New Zealanders,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Further delays are likely during Alert Level 2 due to backlogs caused by the lockdown. That’s why Cabinet has agreed to delay the requirement until 1 December 2020,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Ensuring all New Zealanders have warm, dry homes is one of the most important public health changes this Government is making, and the Healthy Homes Standards are making a significant improvement to the quality of rental homes and the wellbeing of New Zealanders,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Stephen Gale ) : "I thank Dr Gale for the leadership and expertise he has demonstrated as the Telecommunications Commissioner for almost eight years," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Dr Small has made a valuable contribution to the Commission's work as an associate member, particularly on the recent Retail Fuel Market Study. He brings a wealth of experience to the Commission," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I would like to thank Dr Walker for the commitment and economic expertise she has brought to the Commerce Commission, and particularly the significant contribution she has made to trans-Tasman coordination for the enforcement of competition law," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : "Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers," "I believe his experience will complement the Commission’s needs and will be well-suited to a role that remains vital to the success of the industry" External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Stephen Gale ) : "I thank Dr Gale for the leadership and expertise he has demonstrated as the Telecommunications Commissioner for almost eight years," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Dr Small has made a valuable contribution to the Commission’s work as an associate member, particularly on the recent Retail Fuel Market Study. He brings a wealth of experience to the Commission," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I would like to thank Dr Walker for the commitment and economic expertise she has brought to the Commerce Commission, and particularly the significant contribution she has made to trans-Tasman coordination for the enforcement of competition law," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It has highlighted the importance of having sound digital connectivity that’s able to withstand the digital demands of New Zealanders. All New Zealanders should be able to access a reliable broadband connection and this new investment will assist in further bridging the digital divide," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It has highlighted the importance of having sound digital connectivity that’s able to withstand the digital demands of New Zealanders. All New Zealanders should be able to access a reliable broadband connection and this new investment will assist in further bridging the digital divide,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have chosen the proposals that have a relatively quick impact to get support out the door as fast as possible," External link

Stuff Monday, May 18, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government understands that the hospitality sector needs to get back up and running after weeks of lockdown, but we need to do it carefully to ensure we don’t lose the success New Zealand has had in the fight against COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 11, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our Government took quick and decisive action responding to COVID-19, and that is being recognised globally, with the likes of this decision by Microsoft," "This means job opportunities in the near term for our construction industry and, in the longer term, for our ICT industry and local innovators" External link

newshub Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our Government took quick and decisive action responding to COVID-19, and that is being recognised globally, with the likes of this decision by Microsoft," "This means job opportunities in the near term for our construction industry and, in the longer term, for our ICT industry and local innovators" External link

newshub Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:09:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our Government took quick and decisive action responding to COVID-19, and that is being recognised globally, with the likes of this decision by Microsoft," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While I welcome this private investment, I want to be very clear that Microsoft’s decision to establish its Cloud facilities in New Zealand has been made through the company’s independent due diligence, and this is not a government procurement," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi wrote : "Despite the introduction of first home withdrawal provisions in Australia there are still issues preventing KiwiSaver members from being able to access funds transferred from Australian super," External link

Stuff Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The aim is to have other consumer credit reforms, including new affordability regulations and new requirements for lenders to meet fit and proper person thresholds, in place from 1 October 2021,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Investing in our rural network capacity is an investment in people living in rural areas. It means even more New Zealanders will reap the benefits of connectivity at a time when they need it most," External link

newshub Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This investment brings broadband services to rural households that are currently without access to the internet, and means remote communities will be much better equipped to get going again when we exit lockdown,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government’s aim is to provide access to around 99.8 per cent of New Zealanders. However, while that work continues some households in isolated regions require reliable access to broadband services in light of COVID-19 – particularly households with school-age children who need internet access for remote learning. The work brings forward capacity upgrades to meet increased demand for the internet where the urgency is most acute,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Greater numbers of New Zealanders are benefiting as a result of government and industry working together to provide broadband services across the country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Investing in our rural network capacity is an investment in people living in rural areas. It means even more New Zealanders will reap the benefits of connectivity at a time when they need it most,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "However, while that work continues some households in isolated regions require reliable access to broadband services in light of Covid-19, particularly households with school-age children who need internet access for remote learning," External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This investment brings broadband services to rural households that are currently without access to the internet, and means remote communities will be much better equipped to get going again when we exit lockdown," External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Change is hard, but I think there is some excitement in this too," External link

newstalkzb Friday, February 7, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT



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Kris Faafoi said : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this has been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," "While it's too early to know the full cost of the damage, this initial contribution will help those communities start to get back on their feet" External link

newshub Monday, June 21, 2021 4:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this has been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 11:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured,” “I know this been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged” External link

Stuff Sunday, June 20, 2021 10:58:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured,” “I know this been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged” External link

Stuff Sunday, June 20, 2021 6:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," External link

newstalkzb Sunday, June 20, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This funding is in addition to other support that people may be eligible for through the Ministry of Social Development," External link

newstalkzb Sunday, June 20, 2021 6:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost a loved one, and to those who have been injured. I know this has been a distressing weekend for people in Auckland, with many lives disrupted, and many homes and businesses damaged," External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi adds : "This funding is in addition to other support that people may be eligible for through the Ministry of Social Development," External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "I'd like to recognise the extraordinary efforts of emergency management staff, first responders, volunteers, businesses, community leaders and residents who have also provided support," "There is still a recovery effort ahead for this impacted community. They should know the Government will be standing alongside them" External link

newshub Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “World Refugee Day is also a chance to think about the journey refugees around the world undertake to find safe new lives here. And it’s a chance for us to look at what we can do to make sure they settle into their new lives in New Zealand well,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, June 20, 2021 1:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Adoption Act has not been substantially updated since it was enacted in 1955," External link

newshub Saturday, June 19, 2021 4:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Adoption Act has remained largely the same since 1955. We need our adoption laws to reflect the values and needs of contemporary New Zealand," External link

voxy Friday, June 18, 2021 1:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This court builds on the two pilots to create what we hope will be a robust and effective source of rehabilitation and recovery for those whose substance abuse is leading to crime,” External link

Stuff Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The AODT Court provides a pathway which includes intensive monitoring, case management, drug testing, and mentoring,” External link

Stuff Saturday, June 12, 2021 1:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "These changes will provide more certainty to workers and their employers that workers whose skills are still needed can remain in New Zealand, subject to labor market testing to prove there are no New Zealanders available to fill the role if an employer wants to support a work visa application," External link

sinacom-en Thursday, June 10, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It will also put the minds of visa holders at ease knowing they can stay and work in New Zealand for the foreseeable future,” “We will continue to monitor the border and labour market situations and will extend these visas again if necessary” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “These changes will provide more certainty to workers and their employers that workers whose skills are still needed can remain in New Zealand, subject to labour market testing to prove there are no New Zealanders available to fill the role if an employer wants to support a work visa application,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We encourage sectors and employers to think about how to make this shift and look for ways to recruit New Zealanders before turning to temporary migrant workers,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, June 9, 2021 10:09:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We encourage sectors and employers to think about how to make this shift and look for ways to recruit New Zealanders before turning to temporary migrant workers," "The Government recently outlined our long-term vision for New Zealand's immigration system which will involve sectors making a managed transition to new ways of attracting, training and upskilling Kiwis into jobs and investing in productivity measures that will support New Zealand's COVID-19 recovery" External link

newshub Wednesday, June 9, 2021 9:35:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “the continuation of core immigration services,” “The overall picture is we have got a job on our hands making sure we can get back to being sustainable here,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, June 9, 2021 8:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The offer has been there since 2013. It is still open, but there are still details that need to be worked through and bottom lines in that," External link

nzherald Monday, June 7, 2021 5:41:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Any refugees considered for resettlement in New Zealand would undergo the same comprehensive assessment and screening that New Zealand applies to all refugees who are accepted under New Zealand’s refugee quota program,” External link

guardian Thursday, June 3, 2021 9:18:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The offer has been there since 2013. It is still open, but there are still details that need to be worked through and bottom lines in that," External link

nzherald Thursday, June 3, 2021 7:29:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

theepochtimes Monday, May 31, 2021 11:47:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet," External link

tribune Monday, May 31, 2021 1:59:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

euronews-en Monday, May 31, 2021 11:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet," External link

straitstimesSG Monday, May 31, 2021 10:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet" External link

msn-uk Monday, May 31, 2021 7:40:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet" External link

piratefm Monday, May 31, 2021 6:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet" External link

skynews Monday, May 31, 2021 6:31:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

guardian Monday, May 31, 2021 3:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet," External link

voanews Monday, May 31, 2021 3:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While it is still very early to know the full cost of the damage, we expect it to be significant and this initial contribution will help those communities to start to get back on their feet,” External link

wsau Monday, May 31, 2021 3:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The rain is going to stick around until at least tomorrow. It will be heavy and the authorities will be watching those river levels tonight,” External link

thestandard-ph Sunday, May 30, 2021 2:48:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The rain is going to stick around until at least tomorrow. It will be heavy and the authorities will be watching those river levels tonight," External link

HindustanTimes Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:18:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The rain is going to stick around until at least tomorrow. It will be heavy and the authorities will be watching those river levels tonight," External link

afp-en Sunday, May 30, 2021 1:13:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Tonight is about acknowledging and celebrating those who have made a vital contribution to Civil Defence Emergency Management in New Zealand," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Former Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart-Black is being recognised with a Ministerial Award for helping steer the country through some incredibly traumatic times," "Sarah played a leading role in the 2016 KaikÅura/Hurunui earthquake, 2017 Edgecumbe floods, 2019 Christchurch Mosque shooting, 2019 Whakaari White Island eruption, and more recently the COVID-19 pandemic" External link

voxy Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi saying : "We believe current law gives courts appropriate options, and allows for such acts to be appropriately prosecuted and punished" External link

newshub Thursday, May 20, 2021 2:02:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi saying : "We believe current law gives courts appropriate options, and allows for such acts to be appropriately prosecuted and punished" External link

newshub Wednesday, May 19, 2021 11:11:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have made clear to sector representatives that, under current Covid constraints, even with quarantine-free travel with Australia, it is still unlikely that we will be able to bring in the sort of RSE worker numbers next season that were able to come here pre-Covid-19," External link

nzherald Friday, May 14, 2021 6:28:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi told : "There are delays, certainly with the skilled migrant category," External link

newshub Friday, May 14, 2021 1:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi told : "It's difficult under the current climate because of the border closures to give absolute certainty to these people," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "One of the reasons is that the demand for the visas has increased well above what we forecast," External link

newshub Thursday, May 13, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We're finding that gang leadership are structuring their affairs to remove themselves from the crime, but benefiting from the crime,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:10:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We’re hitting gangs where it hurts – their pockets. This new organised crime power will help prevent those involved in organised crime from benefitting from crime and remove the primary reason for organised crime to exist – the profits they can make from vulnerable New Zealanders,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “These reforms signal that those who choose to be associated with groups actively undertaking criminal activities in our communities are liable to have their property subject to investigation by the Commissioner of Police and risk wider asset forfeiture,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages,” “Today, the Immigration (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Act 2021 has been passed by Parliament to maintain those powers until 2023” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The extension to 2023 ensures our immigration system can continue to be responsive and flexible over the next few years. The law change keeps in place existing safeguards. The powers can only be used for COVID-19 related matters and generally must benefit – or at a minimum, not disadvantage – visa holders ,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, May 6, 2021 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : “This is an important milestone in our wider work on improving our counter-terrorism settings and responding to the recommendations of the Royal Commission,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 5, 2021 11:31:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : “The Productivity Commission inquiry is a chance to take a longer term look at the immigration system. We will also be making changes to our immigration settings this year, as we prepare for the opening of our borders and continue to tilt the balance away from low-skilled work, by attracting high-skilled migrants and meeting genuine skills shortages,” “I expect to announce the direction of more immediate changes in the coming weeks” External link

Stuff Monday, May 3, 2021 3:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : “The Productivity Commission inquiry is a chance to take a longer term look at the immigration system. We will also be making changes to our immigration settings this year, as we prepare for the opening of our borders and continue to tilt the balance away from low-skilled work, by attracting high-skilled migrants and meeting genuine skills shortages,” “I expect to announce the direction of more immediate changes in the coming weeks” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 3, 2021 2:53:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are in the midst of a global pandemic, which requires strict border restrictions. But we have been mindful of the difficulties migrant workers and families have faced,” “None of these decisions are easy” External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 27, 2021 8:20:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are in the midst of a global pandemic, which requires strict border restrictions. But we have been mindful of the difficulties migrant workers and families have faced,” External link

Stuff Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While we can never predict when an earthquake will happen, we have known for some time that the Alpine Fault is capable of generating a severe earthquake and our emergency response and management system has been developed on this basis," External link

voxy Monday, April 19, 2021 11:20:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "As I’ve said while we can’t predict when an earthquake will happen, but we can all take steps to keep safe," External link

voxy Monday, April 19, 2021 11:20:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We absolutely acknowledge that there will be still some people having to live in difficult situations because of the border closures," External link

nzherald Monday, April 19, 2021 7:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We absolutely acknowledge that there will be still some people having to live in difficult situations because of the border closures," External link

nzherald Monday, April 19, 2021 6:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Closing our border was critical to keeping COVID-19 out ... it was to protect lives," External link

bordermail Monday, April 19, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "These latest exceptions are expected to allow hundreds more migrants to come to New Zealand and join their families," External link

voxy Monday, April 19, 2021 3:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "In the past year, we have introduced exceptions that have allowed entry for around 13,000 family members of New Zealand citizens and residents and 1300 temporary work visa holders, and their families, who normally live here and were overseas when the borders closed," "More than 2,500 family members of critical workers have also entered to date" External link

nzherald Monday, April 19, 2021 2:10:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We are in the midst of a global pandemic, which requires strict border restrictions. But we have been mindful of the difficulties migrant workers and families have faced," External link

newshub Monday, April 19, 2021 1:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "If they believe a situation is close to preparation in close to becoming an attempt or an act, then they need the ability to act," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 13, 2021 10:09:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before," External link

xinhuanet_en Tuesday, April 13, 2021 9:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before," "The attack also mirrored how the nature of terrorism has been changing internationally, involving lone actors rather than organised terrorist groups. We need to ensure our laws can respond to that" External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, April 13, 2021 8:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The attack also mirrored how the nature of terrorism has been changing internationally, involving lone actors rather than organised terrorist groups. We need to ensure our laws can respond to that," External link

voxy Tuesday, April 13, 2021 6:19:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before," External link

newshub Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The crimes perpetrated against members of our Muslim community on March 15 two years ago brought terrorism to this country in a way we had never seen before,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 13, 2021 4:06:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We also made changes to Working Holiday Visas and Supplementary Seasonal Employer scheme visas to allow flexibility for workers to help with this summer’s harvests,” External link

Stuff Thursday, April 8, 2021 1:28:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Agencies are satisfied further investigations around employment and immigration breaches can be carried out without the need for the men to remain in New Zealand," External link

nzherald Friday, April 2, 2021 8:45:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Over the past year, we have had to make rapid decisions to vary visa conditions, extend expiry dates, and waive some application requirements across entire visa categories. These decisions have provided more flexibility and certainty to visa holders and employers in New Zealand, and made more migrants available for industries facing labour shortages in a time when New Zealand’s Covid-19 health response needed our borders to be closed," External link

voxy Thursday, April 1, 2021 3:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case . . . which will look at how a potential new public media entity could meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:48:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Sector representatives recognise that and say the focus now needs to be about what can be done for future workforce needs for next spring and summer,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 31, 2021 11:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi confirmed : “A new public media entity would operate with a mixed funding model, drawing part of its revenue from commercial sources, and part from government funding,” “It would provide content across a variety of platforms and have full editorial and operational independence from Government, enshrined in legislation,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 31, 2021 6:16:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "RNZ and TVNZ are high-performing entities that have served New Zealanders well. They provide a strong basis on which to build for the future," External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector" External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, March 31, 2021 5:33:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of a new public media entity. The business case will look at how a potential new public media entity could meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Members of the Governance Group bring a wide range of expertise to their roles. They were chosen for their expertise in public broadcasting, private media, the Māori media sector, government policy, public engagement, change management and business case processes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “They will seek feedback on what should be included in a Charter for the new entity so that it meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders in the 21st century and beyond,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This is a unique opportunity and the right time to make decisions about the whole public media system ,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, March 31, 2021 3:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Governance Group will oversee the development of a business case to consider the viability of a new public media entity. The business case will look at how a potential new public media entity could meet the changing expectations of New Zealand audiences and support a strong, vibrant media sector," External link

voxy Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "They will seek feedback on what should be included in a Charter for the new entity so that it meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders in the 21st century and beyond," External link

voxy Wednesday, March 31, 2021 2:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi confirmed : “A new public media entity would operate with a mixed funding model, drawing part of its revenue from commercial sources, and part from government funding,” “It would provide content across a variety of platforms and have full editorial and operational independence from Government, enshrined in legislation,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Public media makes an essential contribution to the overall media mix," External link

newshub Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "They will seek feedback on what should be included in a Charter for the new entity so that it meets the needs and expectations of New Zealanders in the 21st century and beyond," External link

newshub Wednesday, March 31, 2021 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “I believe that continuing to progress the recommendations of the Independent Panel, which examined the 2014 Family Court reforms, will address the issues underlying this CEDAW recommendation,” External link

Stuff Friday, March 26, 2021 6:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “What I was told is when the centre was set up, [before] our time in government, those concerns were flagged and processes were put in place to mitigate concerns at the time,” External link

Stuff Friday, March 19, 2021 12:17:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi replied : "While the member might like to focus on a small amount of entertainers I'd also note that the hotels, the bars and restaurants that would benefit from that particular production happening are desperately calling out for this kind of business," External link

newshub Thursday, March 18, 2021 1:16:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We made the March 31 deadline when we closed the border, and it was made so we could review it,” External link

Stuff Monday, March 15, 2021 6:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "As we have said before, in terms of the harms being done, we're going to be taking a health approach now," "If you're going to ask the question again about whether we're going to reconsider given the results of the poll, no we're not. If someone wants to bring it up as a Members' Bill, that's their own issue" External link

newshub Tuesday, March 9, 2021 5:01:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s an interesting poll, but it’s not on the work programme, we said that we’d honour the referendum at the last election and that’s what we will do,” “I see it is a very clear commitment that we made to honour the referendum” External link

Stuff Tuesday, March 9, 2021 2:52:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : ”I am confident the commercial discussions taking place between traditional media and digital platforms will also begin here in New Zealand and I encourage that,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, March 3, 2021 6:12:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "I think everyone's going to default to numbers first, but for us it is about the kind of economy that we might have in the future, the kinds of jobs that we want New Zealanders to have ... the kind of training we want to have available," External link

nzherald Friday, February 26, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "ability to bring more in is really controlled by what we're able to do with the UN [United Nations] and getting people through their system, and the capacity to get more people through managed isolation" "And we've got to be mindful of New Zealanders and the capacity at MIQ as well" External link

nzherald Friday, February 26, 2021 1:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "I think everyone's going to default to numbers first, but for us it is about the kind of economy that we might have in the future, the kinds of jobs that we want New Zealanders to have ... the kind of training we want to have available," External link

Stuff Friday, February 26, 2021 1:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "There is no perfect situation when the border is closed. They are in a difficult situation," "We are getting advice on that" External link

newshub Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "If we have the capacity to deal with it then we might look at it," External link

newshub Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We are not in the business of giving people false hope. We are looking at it and we have to manage the border to keep everyone safe," External link

newshub Thursday, February 25, 2021 10:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "A review of the skilled migrant category is one of my priorities for this term," External link

newshub Wednesday, February 24, 2021 6:56:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government has work underway to develop policy which will bring legislation to Parliament by the middle of this year and with the aim of having a ban passed into law by the end of this year, or by February 2022 - at the latest," External link

newshub Tuesday, February 23, 2021 5:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Where people are here on visitor visas which expire on or before 31 March 2021, the Government will allow their visitor visas to be automatically extended by two months. During that two month extension, which will be applied from the date of expiry on their current visa, they will need to apply for a new visa to stay longer," External link

newshub Friday, February 19, 2021 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Most visa holders currently in New Zealand will have been here for more than nine months by now, which would have excluded them from applying for another visitor visa," "Waiving this nine months of 18 rule means that visa holders who are still here can apply for a further six-month visa" External link

nzherald Friday, February 19, 2021 2:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government recognises that some visitor visa holders are keen to stay in New Zealand longer while the Covid-19 pandemic is still attacking communities in their home countries,” “We have also listened to New Zealand’s business sector, including tourism ventures, which say foreign visitors who are still here can help our local economies” External link

Stuff Friday, February 19, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government recognises that some visitor visa holders are keen to stay in New Zealand longer while the COVID-19 pandemic is still attacking communities in their home countries," External link

voxy Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While we have made these changes to help many visitors facing uncertain and worrying situations back in their home countries because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government wants to make clear that people who are here on visitor visas are here as guests for a limited time. We cannot guarantee further extensions or waivers when these changes expire," External link

voxy Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi warned : "Temporary migrants who are in New Zealand without the means to support themselves, or who become unlawful, are at risk of migrant exploitation or not being able to meet their basic needs. Migrants who stay here after their visas have expired also risk having their unlawful status count against them should they wish to travel to New Zealand or elsewhere in the world in the future," External link

voxy Friday, February 19, 2021 2:03:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Cybercrime is increasing every year. International cooperation on tackling cybercrime is essential, because criminals frequently operate across borders," External link

voxy Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "We cannot allow criminal activity to undermine our ability to thrive online. We need to ensure New Zealand is confident and secure in the digital world, and that we can work with others in tackling threats to online wellbeing," External link

voxy Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Thank you to everyone who took part - we appreciate the feedback and the issues that were raised in the consultation process," "In response to the feedback we received, we have made a number of changes to the policy proposals, and we are looking at ways that MÄori can have an ongoing oversight role in the implementation of and participation in the Budapest Convention" External link

voxy Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “All I would say about that, because this is New Zealand and not Australia, is that we wouldn’t be impressed if that happened here in New Zealand,” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “They haven't threatened anything like that here because we’ve been having a different type of conversation, but we wouldn’t be impressed – New Zealanders who signed up to Facebook wouldn’t be impressed if that was their conduct here,” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We asked MCH [Ministry of Arts, Culture and Heritage] to do some work and they’ll come back to us at some stage soon, hopefully with some advice on how we will deal with regulatory issues around the media,” “I wouldn't say legislation, I would say we’re looking at the issues around regulatory measures that could be taken” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The fact that we are having platforms having direct conversations, having direct conversations with media outlets is a lot more advanced than we were 12 months ago, is promising,” External link

Stuff Thursday, February 18, 2021 5:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “That’s a decision for the Canadian government to make,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, February 16, 2021 10:34:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 12, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “COVID-19 and the lockdowns last year highlighted the important role our media plays in providing up-to-date, independent and trusted information to the public. We want to ensure that kind of coverage, is supported and developed across all community levels, where media operations have often cutback resources to reduce their costs,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 12, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Through the considerable work to date, and with expert contributions from the media sector over coming weeks, this support will ensure New Zealanders continue to have access to a range of trusted information that they need in order to stay safe and to play an informed role in our communities,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, February 12, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more,” External link

Stuff Friday, February 12, 2021 4:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more," External link

voxy Friday, February 12, 2021 3:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "COVID-19 and the lockdowns last year highlighted the important role our media plays in providing up-to-dated, independent and trusted information to the public. We want to ensure that kind of coverage, is supported and developed across all community levels, where media operations have often cutback resources to reduce their costs," External link

voxy Friday, February 12, 2021 3:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Grassroots public interest journalism, such as community reporting and investigative media enterprises, have been in decline or struggled for support in the past decade or more," External link

newshub Friday, February 12, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "COVID-19 and the lockdowns last year highlighted the important role our media plays in providing up-to-dated, independent and trusted information to the public," "We want to ensure that kind of coverage is supported and developed across all community levels, where media operations have often cutback resources to reduce their costs" External link

newshub Friday, February 12, 2021 2:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government expects that, and New Zealanders do too," External link

newshub Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government expects that, and New Zealanders do too," External link

newshub Wednesday, February 3, 2021 4:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It's obviously not ideal for people to be in emergency housing or transitional housing - but certainly pre and post-COVID, making sure people have got a roof over their head is what we've tried to make sure is there for them," External link

newshub Tuesday, February 2, 2021 4:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The ship should have waited for decisions on visas to be completed to ensure those on board complied with New Zealand immigration requirements when the ship entered our border," External link

nzherald Friday, January 29, 2021 8:12:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That was made clear to the ship's agents at least twice," "I understand that INZ [Immigration New Zealand] received a request for border exceptions for 90 foreign crew members on board the vessel 48 hours before it began its journey to New Zealand. INZ granted visas to 29 of the crew who were considered essential for the operation of the ship to travel to New Zealand for the purpose of delivering it to a business and for refit or refurbishment. Immigration declined visas for the other 61 crew who were not considered essential for the purpose of the ship's travel here," External link

newstalkzb Friday, January 29, 2021 7:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The ship should have waited for decisions on visas to be completed to ensure those on board complied with New Zealand immigration requirements when the ship entered our border," External link

newshub Friday, January 29, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The border is closed for a very good reason," External link

newshub Friday, January 29, 2021 5:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That was made clear to the ship's agents at least twice," "I understand that INZ [Immigration New Zealand] received a request for border exceptions for 90 foreign crew members on board the vessel 48 hours before it began its journey to New Zealand. INZ granted visas to 29 of the crew who were considered essential for the operation of the ship to travel to New Zealand for the purpose of delivering it to a business and for refit or refurbishment. Immigration declined visas for the other 61 crew who were not considered essential for the purpose of the ship's travel here," External link

nzherald Friday, January 29, 2021 4:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This latest report shows that between 2009/10 and 2019/20, offending rates among children aged 10 to 13 dropped by 63 percent. Over the same period, offending rates among young people aged 14 to 16 dropped by 65 percent," "Significantly, the Youth Court appearance rate nearly halved (decreased by 47 percent) between 2016/17 and 2019/20 for Māori, compared with a 27 percent reduction for European/Other" External link

voxy Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "These reports help those involved in the youth justice system better understand the issues and trends that arise. These latest results are encouraging and show the youth justice system has performed well over the last 10 years," External link

voxy Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The information in these reports contributes to discussion and action around how best to hold young offenders to account, while also recognising their needs and vulnerability so that positive differences can be made in their lives," External link

voxy Thursday, December 31, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "With the labour market outlook being more optimistic, we are implementing a range of changes to ensure the migrant workforce already in New Zealand can supplement employers' efforts to recruit New Zealanders who have lost jobs due to COVID," External link

newshub Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:45:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "With the labour market outlook being more optimistic, we are implementing a range of changes to ensure the migrant workforce already in New Zealand can supplement employers' efforts to recruit New Zealanders who have lost jobs due to covid," External link

nzherald Sunday, December 20, 2020 1:17:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Our economy is bouncing back better than expected, and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries,” External link

Stuff Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:37:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our economy is bouncing back better than expected and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries," External link

voxy Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We will continue to watch closely how the labour market develops and whether further extensions are needed," External link

voxy Sunday, December 20, 2020 9:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “While these changes will allow employers to retain their existing migrant workforce, they will still need to prove that no New Zealanders are available before hiring new employees,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Our economy is bouncing back better than expected and we are seeing labour shortages across many industries,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We will continue to watch closely how the labour market develops and whether further extensions are needed,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:25:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "some restrictions on irresponsible alcohol promotions and activities" External link

newshub Thursday, December 17, 2020 10:11:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have heard a little bit of that from the likes of Queenstown. Some of the hospitality sector is finding it difficult because those who may have been coming to the end of a working holiday visa all of a sudden can get that extended to go and work and pick fruit or do some pruning, so that is another challenge," "Again, because we're in a COVID world, we have to respond to those things. We're looking at those settings all the time because in one place you can solve a problem, but then another problem pops up somewhere else. We're constantly working on those issues with the likes of the visa settings as well" External link

newshub Tuesday, December 8, 2020 11:39:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I acknowledge the deep hurt and pain for those whose loved ones lost their lives on March 15 2019, for those injured, and for their families and communities," External link

voxy Tuesday, December 8, 2020 5:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That has been a bit of a challenge, but that is why we are doing things to try and assist and get that over the line, for not just their growers, but also the people that might be able to pick the fruit for the harvest," External link

rnzi Monday, November 30, 2020 2:06:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "And to streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications," External link

newstalkzb Friday, November 27, 2020 12:10:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This border exception, along with changes allowing around 6,000 RSE workers and up to 13,300 Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) visa holders to remain in New Zealand and work in orchards, market gardens and vineyards, offers a range of help to address labour shortages in the horticulture and wine industries," External link

voxy Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:45:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have also made changes to allow visitor, student and work visa holders currently in New Zealand to apply for Supplementary Seasonal Employment (SSE) visas if they have a job offer from an eligible employer or if the job is on the Ministry of Social Development list. And to streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications," External link

voxy Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:45:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “I take my hat off to them, I think we’ve got quite a good balance,” External link

Stuff Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “To streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications,” External link

Stuff Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:58:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "And to streamline the application process, the Government is removing requirements for police and medical checks for these visa applications," External link

nzherald Thursday, November 26, 2020 7:38:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : "I take note of the Law Commission’s point that it is 25 years since the Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Act came into force in New Zealand. Developments in technology and scientific advancement over that time have increased considerably the potential ways DNA can be used, which couldn’t have been contemplated when legislation was first passed in 1995," "The Government will now consider the report’s 193 recommendations and I look forward to studying them in more detail" External link

voxy Tuesday, November 24, 2020 3:14:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "On behalf of Government, I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngongotahā community and local leaders to deliver this trial," "Their support and leadership will provide important help for the Government to decide if a card could be rolled out as an additional contact tracing option to benefit all of Aotearoa/New Zealand" External link

newstalkzb Thursday, October 29, 2020 6:22:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngonotaha community and local leaders to deliver this trial," External link

Stuff Thursday, October 29, 2020 4:27:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "On behalf of Government, I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngongotahā community and local leaders to deliver this trial," "Their support and leadership of this trial will provide important help for the Government to decide if a card could be rolled out as an additional contact tracing option to benefit all of Aotearoa/New Zealand" External link

nzherald Thursday, October 29, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I acknowledge the commitment of the Ngonotaha community and local leaders to deliver this trial," "Their support and leadership will provide important help for the government to decide if a card could be rolled out as an additional contact tracing option for New Zealand" External link

Stuff Thursday, October 29, 2020 2:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The COVID pandemic has highlighted the vital role digital connectivity plays across New Zealand, including for our rural primary producing industries that link to some of New Zealand’s more remote, hard-to-reach places where internet services can be patchy," "During COVID lockdown we all needed to move online, and it is critical that our rural businesses and households have access to fast and reliable internet in order to work, learn and socialise," External link

voxy Saturday, October 10, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Funding suitable spectrum to rural communities which rely on mobile network services, will mean those services can reach greater coverage," External link

voxy Saturday, October 10, 2020 5:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s about targeting regional areas where we need tailored solutions to address a lack of connectivity,” “We know there is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach” External link

Stuff Saturday, October 10, 2020 3:01:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This will build on the wider digital programmes we have rolled out in government and expands on the $50 million Crown Infrastructure Partners funding already announced with a priority focus on Te Tai Tokerau, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, top of the South Island and Canterbury," External link

newshub Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s about targeting regional areas where we need tailored solutions to address a lack of connectivity,” “We know there is no longer a ‘one size fits all’ approach” External link

Stuff Saturday, October 10, 2020 12:30:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “ultimately accountability will rest with Cabinet, while presentation of recommendations is likely to be a joint ministerial process” External link

Stuff Thursday, October 8, 2020 4:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Over the past decade the costs of goods and services have gone up and there is a growing belief that New Zealand is becoming less affordable with Kiwis contrasting costs in Australia versus New Zealand," "Housing also plays a vital role in the wellbeing of New Zealanders. Good housing underpins a range of social, economic and health outcomes and we need to ensure that Kiwis have access to affordable and fairly priced housing and building supplies" External link

newshub Thursday, October 1, 2020 3:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "There are not enough New Zealanders to fill current needs for livestock veterinarians, especially in isolated areas. Training to be a vet takes years so these vacancies cannot be filled quickly," External link

newstalkzb Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:23:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "There are not enough New Zealanders to fill current needs for livestock veterinarians, especially in isolated areas. Training to be a vet takes years so these vacancies cannot be filled quickly," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, September 22, 2020 6:29:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "In exchange for the border exception, the fishing industry has committed to removing barriers to employing New Zealanders, including reviewing pay structures and business models, and investing significantly in training and education," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "These sectors are among a range of industries performing critical roles in supporting New Zealand's COVID economic recovery and generating vital export earnings. So it's important we support them to keep going while ensuring that where there are job opportunities, New Zealanders are given a fair chance at filling them," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 22, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This season we expect more Kiwis, who have lost jobs due to COVID-19, will be available to work in these sectors, but it is likely there will be a shortfall of workers as these industries have often relied on migrants for their seasonal peaks," External link

voxy Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Therefore, people in New Zealand with expiring working holiday visas will be able to stay here to fill short-term horticulture and viticulture roles," External link

voxy Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Foreign deep sea fishing crew contribute significantly to New Zealand’s economy. The Government accepts that there are few additional Kiwis with the experience to safely work on these ships in the short term. In exchange for the border exception, the fishing industry has committed to removing barriers to employing New Zealanders, including reviewing pay structures and business models, and investing significantly in training and education," External link

voxy Tuesday, September 22, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This will mean, for example, that if an agent recoups $10,000 in a cash refund on cancelled travel, the customer gets that money back and the agent will receive $750. If it’s a credit for the $10,000 cancelled travel, the customer gets the credit and the agent receives $500," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 15, 2020 7:02:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Removing that requirement will allow entry, in some limited cases, where, for example, a worker has skills which are obtainable in New Zealand but they have unique experience gained overseas which would bring unique expertise to New Zealand businesses," External link

nzherald Sunday, September 13, 2020 12:50:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our borders are closed for a good reason, to keep us safe. As a result of Covid New Zealanders are losing their jobs and we need to do everything we can to find them work too," External link

newshub Saturday, September 12, 2020 10:30:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about New Zealand Trade ) : "At the same time, we’ll review where further adjustments and improvements can be made to expand eligibility for people who can bring their skills and investment to New Zealand enterprise and help the recovery," External link

voxy Friday, September 11, 2020 3:40:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “As New Zealand continues on the path to recovery from COVID-19, it is important that we strike the right balance between protecting New Zealand from COVID-19 and ensuring businesses have the critical workers they need to help in our recovery,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, September 11, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “In order to help ensure key critical workers are able to come to New Zealand, we have made some small changes to immigration instructions around the assessment criteria for ‘other critical workers’,” “Currently, an individual must have unique experience and technical or specialist skills that are ‘not obtainable’ in New Zealand. This criterion will change to technical or specialist skills that are not ‘readily obtainable’ in New Zealand. That wording change reflects that, in some fields, there is a very limited pool of experts and significant training would have to be undertaken before the skills were obtainable in New Zealand” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Friday, September 11, 2020 2:04:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here with the hope and expectation that they would be able to stay longer-term in New Zealand. It is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 10:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here ... it is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The government understands the uncertainty that COVID-19 has had on a number of visa holders, particularly individuals overseas who have not been able to travel to New Zealand to activate their new resident visa," External link

illawarramercury Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:34:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Many of these visa holders and their families have lived in New Zealand for years and have built lives here ... it is only fair to let these visa holders return given their long-standing and ongoing connections to this country," External link

bordermail Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The government understands the uncertainty that COVID-19 has had on a number of visa holders, particularly individuals overseas who have not been able to travel to New Zealand to activate their new resident visa," External link

bordermail Wednesday, September 9, 2020 9:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Australian partners, if granted a border exception, will be automatically issued a Critical Purpose Visitor visa to allow them to travel to New Zealand, and they will receive a resident visa on arrival; in line with usual immigration policy for Australians,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "We are now in a position where we can make some adjustments to our immigration settings which will allow a small number of people who, under normal circumstances, would have the right to come to New Zealand to do so now," "They will be required to submit a border exception request and demonstrate that they are in a genuine and stable relationship," External link

newshub Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi announced : "By powers given to me under the Immigration Act, individuals whose travel conditions are about to expire will receive a 12-month extension to travel to New Zealand, and those whose travel conditions have expired on or after February 2, 2020 (when travel restrictions began) will be issued a new visa, also valid for 12 months," External link

newshub Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "If not for border closures forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, they would be living in New Zealand and contributing to our team of five million," External link

nzherald Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government recognises that these individuals have recently met the requirements to be granted residence. If not for border closures forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, they would be living in New Zealand and contributing to our team of five million," External link

voxy Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It has been important to run tight border restrictions to keep COVID-19 contained while also prioritising the return of New Zealanders. But we are now able to start making some adjustments to immigration settings which will allow a small number of people who, under normal circumstances, would have the right to come to New Zealand to know that will still be possible," External link

voxy Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “For example, Australians can normally enter and live in New Zealand without having to apply for a visa. Partners from 61 visa waiver countries would need a visa to live here but could visit without having to hold a visa,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “As more New Zealanders return from overseas, we want to enable them to be reunited with their loved ones here in New Zealand while also ensuring that only genuine partnerships are given that right,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government has had to operate tight border restrictions to prioritise the return of New Zealanders while keeping the COVID-19 virus contained. But we are now in a position where we can make some adjustments to our immigration settings which will allow a small number of people who, under normal circumstances, would have the right to come to New Zealand to do so now,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Australian partners, if granted a border exception, will be automatically issued a Critical Purpose Visitor visa to allow them to travel to New Zealand and they will receive a resident visa on arrival; in line with usual immigration policy for Australians,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are keen to give them certainty and welcome them back to New Zealand,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “In order to manage flows of returnees into Managed Isolation, they will also be expected to use the managed isolation allocation system when it goes live,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:35:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “For example, Australians can normally enter and live in New Zealand without having to apply for a visa. Partners from 61 visa waiver countries would need a visa to live here but could visit without having to hold a visa,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “As more New Zealanders return from overseas, we want to enable them to be reunited with their loved ones here in New Zealand while also ensuring that only genuine partnerships are given that right,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:27:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Government’s been working with the sector to find a way to help agents assist their customers to get back money that they are owed by travel suppliers," "We will provide a consumer travel reimbursement scheme to assist the return of credits to New Zealand consumers via travel agents. The scheme will be funded to a maximum of $47.6 million" External link

newshub Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We want to get that money back for Kiwi customers and into the local economy as quickly as possible. The scheme we are announcing today will help those in the travel industry with financial support to facilitate the recovery of those funds," External link

newshub Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This will mean, for example, that if an agent recoups $10,000 in a cash refund on cancelled travel, the customer gets that money back and the agent will receive $750,” “If it’s a credit for the $10,000 cancelled travel, the customer gets the credit and the agent receives $500” External link

Stuff Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:38:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We want to get that money back for Kiwi customers and into the local economy as quickly as possible. The scheme we are announcing today will help those in the travel industry with financial support to facilitate the recovery of those funds," External link

newstalkzb Tuesday, September 8, 2020 5:06:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We want to get that money back for Kiwi customers and into the local economy as quickly as possible. The scheme we are announcing today will help those in the travel industry with financial support to facilitate the recovery of those funds,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, September 8, 2020 4:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Judith Collins ) : "Far too many New Zealanders living in cold and damp homes was a legacy we inherited from the last National Government, and it’s a dubious legacy Judith Collins wants to revive," External link

voxy Monday, September 7, 2020 2:15:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Temporary migrants need to have a valid visa to remain lawfully in New Zealand, otherwise they are required to leave the country. However, we know that international travel restrictions due to COVID-19 have affected many people’s ability to leave New Zealand before their visas expire," External link

voxy Friday, September 4, 2020 6:58:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We're committed to put the card, as proposed, through its paces. We're not going to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer money on something that isn't tested," External link

nzherald Tuesday, September 1, 2020 9:40:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It's simply not appropriate in 2020 for a person to be required to leave their home without knowing why. Landlords will be able to terminate tenancies for a range of fair and justified reasons, such as anti-social behaviour, or someone who is repeatedly behind on their rent," External link

newshub Tuesday, August 11, 2020 12:59:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This research will allow us to understand how the cards would work in a real-world scenario, whether they are compatible with our contact tracing systems, and whether the public would accept and use the cards if they were rolled out," External link

newstalkzb Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This research will allow us to understand how the cards would work in a real-world scenario, whether they are compatible with our contact tracing systems, and whether the public would accept and use the cards if they were rolled out," External link

nzherald Thursday, August 6, 2020 5:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Where it is available, UFB represents the ‘gold standard’ for internet connectivity,” “I was particularly pleased with the performance of the network during the Covid lockdown and the value of the network is clearly recognised by the million households that have taken up a UFB service to date” External link

Stuff Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:48:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our rental laws and align them with present-day realities for the around 600,000 households which rent in New Zealand," External link

voxy Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Renters should be able to put down roots in their community and not face the stress of continually having to find a new home," External link

voxy Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "People who live in semi-rural lifestyle areas around towns and cities often experience broadband congestion due to certain technologies not having enough capacity during peak times, which became even more pronounced during the COVID-19 lockdown" External link

voxy Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Where it is available, UFB represents the ‘gold standard’ for internet connectivity," "I was particularly pleased with the performance of the network during the COVID lockdown and the value of the network is clearly recognised by the million households that have taken up a UFB service to date" External link

voxy Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:51:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Residential Tenancies Act 1986 was out-dated and the reforms in the RTA modernise our rental laws and align them with present-day realities for the around 600,000 households which rent in New Zealand,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Renters should be able to put down roots in their community and not face the stress of continually having to find a new home,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “These reforms are just one of a number of initiatives we’ve delivered as part of our comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis we inherited. Other improvements in the rental space that we delivered include banning letting fees and passing the Healthy Homes Standards so that renters can live in warm, dry homes,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, August 5, 2020 12:33:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It’s simply not appropriate in 2020 for someone to be made to leave their home without knowing why,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, August 5, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This Government has a zero-tolerance approach to family violence. We have listened to submitters and added a provision which enables victims of family violence to end a tenancy with two days’ notice. This means that tenants who are experiencing family violence will be better able to leave tenancies quickly and seek safety," External link

voxy Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We know that a lot of New Zealanders, including tenants, are facing financial pressures due to COVID-19. Tenants deserve to have security that their rent will remain the same for one full year at a time, and not face the insecurity of potentially being priced out of their home every six months," External link

voxy Wednesday, August 5, 2020 6:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We obviously feel for those people, but again it's about managing all parts of that," External link

Stuff Monday, August 3, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We are very wary of people who have got visas but have not been able to come into New Zealand, especially those who have got expiry on their visas fast approaching, we have certainly seen an uptick of those applications come in recently," External link

Stuff Monday, August 3, 2020 5:44:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “That’s a massive increase on previous years and demonstrates the Government’s building programme is delivering more public housing on a scale not seen in decades,” External link

Stuff Friday, July 31, 2020 2:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Completion of the first 10 of 53 new two and five bedroom homes at Castor Crescent will soon have families living in them, providing much needed new public housing for Porirua," External link

voxy Friday, July 31, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "That’s a massive increase on previous years and demonstrates the Government’s building programme is delivering more public housing on a scale not seen in decades," External link

voxy Friday, July 31, 2020 1:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This will see around 1,500 older state homes in 30 towns and cities across New Zealand upgraded and renewed over the next two and a half years; making them warmer, drier and healthier for tenants. Work on these homes is expected to start later this year," "When we came into Government we not only pledged to reverse the large-scale sell-off of public housing, we also undertook to improve the quality of public housing available to New Zealanders and their whÄnau through safer, warmer, drier, healthier homes, and this investment in the KÄinga Ora Retrofit Programme honours that pledge" External link

voxy Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:52:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This will bring these older homes up to, or above the new build and Homestar 6 standards and will meet the Government’s Healthy Homes Standards,” “It also gives these properties, most of which were built in the 1950s and 1960s, a new lease on life meaning they’ll provide quality public housing for another 50 years” External link

Stuff Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:20:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “We are also investing in additional labour inspectors and immigration investigators to ensure that robust action is taken against exploitative employers and to develop an information and education action plan so migrant workers better understand their rights and how to report exploitation,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, July 27, 2020 7:13:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi warned : "Several entities are at serious risk of failure in the coming weeks and months," External link

nzherald Friday, June 26, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi warned : "Several entities are at serious risk of failure in the coming weeks and months," External link

nzherald Friday, June 26, 2020 3:59:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "They will get it for cheaper but that's because we also know that the potential of the 5G technology they want to roll out can also have a big impact on the bounce back of the economy," External link

nzherald Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I think it is fair to say the appetite for that investment has somewhat diminished because they don't have as much capital to invest in rolling out the type of infrastructure they need to for the early allocation of spectrum," External link

nzherald Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:54:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “I think they probably hold a lot of the same principles around the Fourth Estate,” External link

Stuff Wednesday, June 24, 2020 9:50:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Post's revenue has fallen substantially but the costs of delivering the service New Zealanders expect have remained the same. The $150m equity injection, along with the $130m funding for mail services, means we avoid significant cuts to its service and workforce and big price increases for its customers," External link

nzherald Monday, June 22, 2020 3:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "COVID-19 has clearly shown us the importance of being digitally connected, and this new tower in Gebbies Valley means that more people are now able to connect to broadband, bringing social inclusion and allowing people to work and learn from home," External link

voxy Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:03:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "With 100 towers now completed by the Rural Connectivity Group, 8,121 homes and businesses now have access to quality broadband services. As well as this, 343km of state highway now has improved coverage, making our roads safer and easier to access by emergency services. 23 tourism locations are also connected," External link

voxy Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:03:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Predatory lending causes severe financial hardship in communities across New Zealand," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I know many New Zealanders are financially stretched at this time. If you are in financial difficulty, please seek advice before taking out a new loan. You can talk with your lender about alternative repayment arrangements, contact Work and Income for financial assistance, get in touch with Good Shepherd about a no-interest loan, or call the MoneyTalks helpline," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The measures that took effect this week build on those changes to further protect vulnerable borrowers and whanau from predatory lenders," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 8:26:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi says : "Predatory lending causes severe financial hardship in communities across New Zealand," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I know many New Zealanders are financially stretched at this time. If you are in financial difficulty, please seek advice before taking out a new loan. You can talk with your lender about alternative repayment arrangements, contact Work and Income for financial assistance, get in touch with Good Shepherd about a no-interest loan, or call the MoneyTalks helpline," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "The measures that took effect this week build on those changes to further protect vulnerable borrowers and whanau from predatory lenders," External link

voxy Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:21:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Predatory lending causes severe financial hardship in communities across New Zealand. The economic impacts of COVID-19 have only exacerbated the need to take a harder line,” External link

Stuff Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Further delays are likely during alert level 2 due to backlogs caused by the lockdown. That’s why Cabinet has agreed to delay the requirement until December 1, 2020,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Ensuring all New Zealanders have warm, dry homes is one of the most important public health changes this Government is making, and the Healthy Homes Standards are making a significant improvement to the quality of rental homes and the wellbeing of New Zealanders,” External link

Stuff Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:08:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Further delays are likely during Alert Level 2 due to backlogs caused by the lockdown. That’s why Cabinet has agreed to delay the requirement until 1 December 2020,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Ensuring all New Zealanders have warm, dry homes is one of the most important public health changes this Government is making, and the Healthy Homes Standards are making a significant improvement to the quality of rental homes and the wellbeing of New Zealanders,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, June 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Stephen Gale ) : "I thank Dr Gale for the leadership and expertise he has demonstrated as the Telecommunications Commissioner for almost eight years," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Dr Small has made a valuable contribution to the Commission's work as an associate member, particularly on the recent Retail Fuel Market Study. He brings a wealth of experience to the Commission," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I would like to thank Dr Walker for the commitment and economic expertise she has brought to the Commerce Commission, and particularly the significant contribution she has made to trans-Tasman coordination for the enforcement of competition law," External link

nzherald Thursday, May 28, 2020 1:36:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Commission ) : "Mr Gilbertson has considerable experience in the telecommunications industry and a strong reputation amongst his peers," "I believe his experience will complement the Commission’s needs and will be well-suited to a role that remains vital to the success of the industry" External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said ( about Stephen Gale ) : "I thank Dr Gale for the leadership and expertise he has demonstrated as the Telecommunications Commissioner for almost eight years," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Dr Small has made a valuable contribution to the Commission’s work as an associate member, particularly on the recent Retail Fuel Market Study. He brings a wealth of experience to the Commission," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "I would like to thank Dr Walker for the commitment and economic expertise she has brought to the Commerce Commission, and particularly the significant contribution she has made to trans-Tasman coordination for the enforcement of competition law," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:56:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "It has highlighted the importance of having sound digital connectivity that’s able to withstand the digital demands of New Zealanders. All New Zealanders should be able to access a reliable broadband connection and this new investment will assist in further bridging the digital divide," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 20, 2020 1:32:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “It has highlighted the importance of having sound digital connectivity that’s able to withstand the digital demands of New Zealanders. All New Zealanders should be able to access a reliable broadband connection and this new investment will assist in further bridging the digital divide,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Wednesday, May 20, 2020 12:43:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "We have chosen the proposals that have a relatively quick impact to get support out the door as fast as possible," External link

Stuff Monday, May 18, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government understands that the hospitality sector needs to get back up and running after weeks of lockdown, but we need to do it carefully to ensure we don’t lose the success New Zealand has had in the fight against COVID-19,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Monday, May 11, 2020 11:57:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our Government took quick and decisive action responding to COVID-19, and that is being recognised globally, with the likes of this decision by Microsoft," "This means job opportunities in the near term for our construction industry and, in the longer term, for our ICT industry and local innovators" External link

newshub Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our Government took quick and decisive action responding to COVID-19, and that is being recognised globally, with the likes of this decision by Microsoft," "This means job opportunities in the near term for our construction industry and, in the longer term, for our ICT industry and local innovators" External link

newshub Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:09:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Our Government took quick and decisive action responding to COVID-19, and that is being recognised globally, with the likes of this decision by Microsoft," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "While I welcome this private investment, I want to be very clear that Microsoft’s decision to establish its Cloud facilities in New Zealand has been made through the company’s independent due diligence, and this is not a government procurement," External link

voxy Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:24:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi wrote : "Despite the introduction of first home withdrawal provisions in Australia there are still issues preventing KiwiSaver members from being able to access funds transferred from Australian super," External link

Stuff Tuesday, May 5, 2020 5:30:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The aim is to have other consumer credit reforms, including new affordability regulations and new requirements for lenders to meet fit and proper person thresholds, in place from 1 October 2021,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Thursday, April 30, 2020 3:18:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Investing in our rural network capacity is an investment in people living in rural areas. It means even more New Zealanders will reap the benefits of connectivity at a time when they need it most," External link

newshub Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:55:00 AM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “This investment brings broadband services to rural households that are currently without access to the internet, and means remote communities will be much better equipped to get going again when we exit lockdown,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “The Government’s aim is to provide access to around 99.8 per cent of New Zealanders. However, while that work continues some households in isolated regions require reliable access to broadband services in light of COVID-19 – particularly households with school-age children who need internet access for remote learning. The work brings forward capacity upgrades to meet increased demand for the internet where the urgency is most acute,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Greater numbers of New Zealanders are benefiting as a result of government and industry working together to provide broadband services across the country,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : “Investing in our rural network capacity is an investment in people living in rural areas. It means even more New Zealanders will reap the benefits of connectivity at a time when they need it most,” External link

foreignaffairs-nz Tuesday, April 28, 2020 11:05:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "However, while that work continues some households in isolated regions require reliable access to broadband services in light of Covid-19, particularly households with school-age children who need internet access for remote learning," External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "This investment brings broadband services to rural households that are currently without access to the internet, and means remote communities will be much better equipped to get going again when we exit lockdown," External link

Stuff Tuesday, April 28, 2020 9:14:00 PM EAT

Kris Faafoi said : "Change is hard, but I think there is some excitement in this too," External link

newstalkzb Friday, February 7, 2020 4:38:00 AM EAT



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immigration minister5.71%EN10/26/201726/10/2017
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whip2.86%EN03/01/201701/03/2017
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spokesman2.86%EN07/20/201620/07/2016
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Names Lang Count
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